Pehalwan was wanted for the dramatic daylight contract killing of Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Gajender Bhati. Bhati was killed on September 2 in Khoda area at Ghaziabad. Pehalwan along with one Narender fired at Bhati and his associate Balbir Chauhan, killing the BJP leader on the spot.
“He had also taken a contract for killing Loni mall owner Sanjeev Nagar for Rs 8 lakh. He had already received an advance of Rs 30,000,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said.
According to Pehalwan, businessman Suraj and Pramod had given him a contract to kill Nagar. “Narender, arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police on September 11, told police that he and Pehalwan killed Bhati at the instance of former Sahibabad legislator Amarpal Sharma for Rs 10 lakh, of which Rs 50,000 was paid in advance,” the officer added.
Born in 1984 in Ghaziabad, Pehalwan was a member of the gold-medal winning team in at the Asian Championship in 2007. He participated in various other international tournaments. He also represented Uttar Pradesh at the national level from 2005 to 2009, the DCP said.